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  2. Yup, still much more information in one place than a G5.
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  4. Sounds like the same girl I talked to as well. She told me it won't be STCed till the end of the year as they haven't started the paperwork for Mooney and hasn't been of concern till the Cessna stuff was finished. I'm assuming this was also a slip of the tongue. Navi, why haven't they put out a press release when clearly there is a lot of miss communication?
  5. If this is the gusset related AD... There was another AD that came about near the same timeframe... 15 or more years ago... For changing out the aluminum oil pump gear in Lycoming engines... Kind of small dollar parts, requiring a mechanic to do the work... My M20C had these done back in the day... Something to look for if the gussets weren’t taken care of back in the day, the oil pump may have gotten missed too. Hoping to be helpful... apologetic if I missed the target... I can be off some days. Best regards, -a-
  6. Pilot and co pilot seats, non articulating, along with rear bench seat. As removed from 1978 M20J. Silver and blue leather. Rear seat like new. Front seats might need re dyed in some areas. Email any questions. 1500. If you want to negotiate, 1250. If you don’t. Plus shipping. Thanks, Robert
  7. The cool part of Marauder’s math... if you are Marauder that is.... Marauder’s plane has... all of the nav functions available to brand new top of the line planes that sell for a few hundred amu more... It has the interior of a plane that was born just a few months ago... An engine/prop with plenty of life in it... An exterior in the process of being upgraded to an A-one perfect work of art.... a history that is incredibly well documented... Been fully Technically integrated, better than any new Mooney can be, fresh out of the factory... top speed faster than most four cylinder powered, NA factory built, aircraft... ever built... To the right buyer, any of these things can be updated more to suit, after they buy it.... Why wouldn’t an educated buyer pay extra for such a fine aircraft... they’re not buying the nuts and bolts... they are buying a full flying solution that meets their needs... ready to fly, anytime Marauder wants to... Watch a video of Marauder’s M20F self navigating through complex airspace, showing weather and traffic on color screens... It doesn’t get more valuable than that does it? This plane is scheduled to become available when Marauder obtains his type rating for the C130? A heavy hauler of record... http://www.planecheck.com/index.asp?ent=da&id=14314&cor=y PP on MS thoughts only, I am not very familiar with Marauder’s plane or it’s coming availability.... Best regards, -a-
  8. https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2015/march/25/lobolabs-launches-flashpass-2-eapis-app
  9. https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2019/april/17/flashpass-makes-eapis-filing-nearly-fool-proof
  10. Continuing what Rich said, the inner rods that you're trying to get out are connected to an outboard portion about where they go through the wing root. Disconnect the bolt that holds them together and pull and twist them apart. As you do that, you'll start to see the different angles and rotations that are available to you to get the rods out. Keep working at it. You'll eventually hit upon the combinations necessary to twist, rotate, and maneuver them out.
  11. Do you have the bolts bat the outboard ends removed? If I recall you can slide them towards the center.
  12. The problem with the math.... it is dependent on the economy. Things like... interest rates... high interest rates drive prices down... unemployment rates... Low unemployment rates give comfort to a person, that they won’t lose their job this year... inflation rates... inflation makes thing seem expensive, until you get a cost of living raise... things are terrible in this environment for people whose pay doesn’t change to keep up... price of fuel, and its availability... (an inflation function....) Electronic upgrades have typically had a shelf life of value nav/cons were great until GPS came along... Then that WAAS technology... then that ADSB thing.... a decade for an electronic device might be good. Keep your eye on the federal reserve... they set interest rates to try to maintain control over two things... their dual mandate is to control inflation and minimize unemployment... Everything is great.... until it isn’t. It can be very hard to see when things are changing in the economy. How this effects a Mooney buyer... depends on whether you are using financing, have extra cash, and are going to get a raise.... and what things will be like when you go to sell.... When the federal reserve measures enough change in their variables, they raise or lower the (over night lending) interest rate a small amount like a quarter of a percent, on a 2.5% rate currently... The typical response is a sell-off on things like stocks and bonds on Wall Street.... AKA... the Fed taking the punch bowl away... a metaphorical economic party... This leads to the next statement that can be heard... I bought a (boat, plane, house, other large expense) and it went up in value... Then you have to compare the value of that thing, with what the value of the money will be when deployed elsewhere like in a bank or in gold bars.... Buy a plane because you want one. It may go up in value, but not by much, compared to how much wear and tear it takes... Hold it for a really long time... the cost of the plane is quite small when compared to the operations costs.... To be comfortable... know that it is going to be expensive, know your costs, but don’t add them up...very often... It is a great time to own an airplane, can it get any better? It has been a long decade from the Great Recession... If all M20Js are priced over 100AMU.... prices have returned to the mid 2000s... If all M20Fs are priced over 100amu.... that may be a sign of inflation... (well exceeding the price established pre Great Recession time) Expect a lot of varying opinions on this topic... that is the basis of an open market. That’s what allows for price stability. Hope that all these rates don’t go up too fast, that can be unsustainable... similar to aviation, that can be an impending stall situation... PP thoughts only, not an economist... Best regards, -a-
  13. Turns out I was wrong - there is a broken off fitting in each of my trunnions... They had been primed and painted over. I used Scotch Brite and there they were. Now I've got to get them out of there!
  14. Pump myself, just so many things that can go wrong otherwise. If it was more to SS I would still do it.
  15. We can get a bit edgy, and rightly so... I see three levels of automation at work.... A-C below.... related to Mooney automation... not the other guys... A) Mostly manual, but electric powered.... 1) When the machine can continue to push controls on its own, like a Stuck trim switch. Or anything similar that causes the trim to go to its stops..,. 2) This doesn’t normally happen without us being a little aware.... we were probably holding the trim switch when it stuck... B ) Activated manually, but computer is logically making decisions... 3) the latest versions of APs have a ‘level’ button that we would like to have... 4) Again, we activate it by pushing a button... if it doesn’t work correctly, we might be in a world of hurt and getting worse.... 5) If we were using it out of convenience, and it responded improperly... we pull the CB, turn it off, and fly the plane. C) Running automatically all the time.... 6) This is probably called envelope protection... it senses AOA and then does what it is supposed to do when the AOA exceeds cautionary levels.... 7) in this case an errant sensor behavior initiates control outputs that can be wildly improper... 8) be sure to have the important sensor monitored to sense failure... a sensor for the sensor? Hey wait a minute.... Failures are part of the logic in all control system design.... 1) Our relays are selected to fail open or closed, depending on what is best or least deadly... they can be set up in tandem to be fail proof like our radio master switch.... not perfect. 2) Our APs already run through extensive sensor tests before being allowed to operate... still not perfect. 3) The AP, When it senses a failure, it shuts-down and gives its best scream to let the pilot know he is on his own.... unperfect at best. Where the wheels seem to fall off.... (for the Mooney system...) Whether it was manual or automation that caused the initial challenge.... (trim going down) the trim ended up jammed in a location, that the pilot was not able to undo... either electrically or manually... Where we can go from here... don’t allow controls to jam... like valves, engineers are trained to open and close them... when they reach the end, full open or full closed... they turn the control back about a quarter turn...the valve is designed with the extra reverse allowed and still have the valve opened or closed....(sound familiar? A lesson from dad regarding the garden hose? ) This is done for a couple of interesting reasons... mostly the threads don’t have a stop designed or machined into them... when they get to the end... they bind up on their own mechanical design... if poorly lubricated or have an oxidized surface, they can really get stuck... Dissapointedly.... sensors fail... systems with sensors fail... how they are designed, built, maintained...is important... I did find an AOA sensor on my plane failed in flight once.... the stall horn magically stopped reporting. I would often have the stall horn bump on while descending on final, above some buildings... feel the bump, hear the horn, continue the landing sequence... A couple of landings without hearing the horn.... it was time to put check stall horn back on the checklist... Sensors do fail... important ones are not allowed to fail without alerting the pilot properly... If this topic is uncomfortable... consider this situation... you have had the failed stall horn experience... then one day, you have the stall horn go off in flight, reacted properly, continued around the traffic pattern... What if the horn wasn’t working on that flight..? Traffic pattern at S. Jersey regional is about 800’ agl... pilot misery will last only a moment... ugh. PP Thoughts only... the jamming that I have covered here is for things that have threaded surfaces, like screws, as the key to their operation... We might be seeing a strong and proper response to a challenge that has come to light... but, the challenge isn’t a very new one or unheard of... the solutions probably won’t be very technically surprising either... Fortunately, it is in the best interest of everyone involved to find and fix the challenges.... we are all on the same team. That beer in Dayton is sounding really good right now... Best regards, -a-
  16. Don’t do it. Find yourself a well maintained 201. I’ve owned my 231 for 16 years and have replaced practically every part on the plane, some parts multiple times. It’s been a maintenance nightmare.
  17. An F with 30K in the panel will always fetch more than an early J without it all else being equal. We’re in a new age where panels affect prices as much as engine time. -Robert
  18. Hi, I have an issue with removing center control links for AD M20-264-002. I have them completly detached but can't get them out to get them serviced for the AD. I attached pictures of my dilemma, how do you get them out? The links are the grey with the 90 degree arms which are stuck under all the other bars. Thanks!
  19. That’s me peeking up behind the bushes with Groucho Marx glasses and rubber nose
  20. Put on the calendar. Thanks for organizing
  21. The frustrating thing is that the left aileron still has more slop in the bell crank than the right. Must be some wear in the crank itself since everything else is new but it’s tight enough now my IA doesn’t worry about it. -Robert
  22. It doesn’t have anything to do with owning property. The census date for personal property is Jan 1st. If you are visiting then you can fill out a form and be excluded. But after a certain amount of time they consider you’re getting use of the property in the state. I travel often for New Years so I’ve gotten bills from 3 counties before. I just show them my real county the plane is kept and they back off. I do know they check. Similar if you buy a new plane and bring it into California in the first year they’ll charge you about 9% the purchase price as “use tax” because you use the plane in California. So aopa recommends not visiting California in the first year (actually there is a list of states). Btw California tax code talks about using California airspace. I’d love someone to get a court to clarify what that means. -Robert
  23. I'm on the patio near the fire pit Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  24. Right - I understand. The probe is incorrectly informing the AP that is commanding an innaporpriate nose down. So this specific failure mode cannot happen in the Mooney install, but I still find this closer strike to home much more Mooney relevant than the 737 problem, as this error specifically involves the Garmin ESP. From my reading of the flyingmag article I thought they were now up to mandatory grounding on the Cirrus SF50 jet fleet.
  25. one too many long necks tonight Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
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